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Martha Calling
     

Martha Calling

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by Susan Meddaugh
 

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Martha's back and this time she's talking up a storm on the telephone! When she wins a free weekend for her and her family at the Come-On-Inn, the trouble really begins.

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Martha's back and this time she's talking up a storm on the telephone! When she wins a free weekend for her and her family at the Come-On-Inn, the trouble really begins.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The second book about Martha the talking dog is "unsurprising but amusing," said PW. "Kids are sure to be drawn in once again by Meddaugh's witty and unaffected cartooning." Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Those who fell in love with Susan Meddaugh's Martha, the talking hound in Martha Speaks will welcome the sequel, Martha Calling with open hearts. Talented Martha, who catches a Frisbee and talks with the same amount of ease, wins a phone contest that earns her family a wonderful weekend at a resort that doesn't allow dogs. Meddaugh's spirited writing is infectious, even her characters respond with playful good-humor and creatively handle the silly situations that arise. Hidden within this hilarious tale are messages about prejudice and family love so strong that it changes rules.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
In this sequel to Martha Speaks, Martha, the talking dog, enters contests and wins a weekend for 4 at the Come-On-Inn. Big Problem! No Dogs Allowed! Disguised as 'grandma,' confined to a wheelchair, Martha orders room service. Chicken and steak bones soon litter the room. The maid, seeing the bones, suspects that the sleeping dog has eaten 'grandma.' A hilarious ending with Martha having the last word!
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Martha, the loquacious pup introduced in Martha Speaks (Houghton, 1992), keeps up her nonstop chatter- this time on the telephone. When she answers a radio call-in contest question and wins a weekend for four at the Come-On-Inn, she's delighted-until she finds out that dogs are not allowed. Dressed as a grandmother and plunked in a wheelchair, she and her family set off for their holiday, and mayhem ensues as Martha, ever angry at the inn's exclusionary policy, cannot remain calm. The unadorned text takes second place to the hilarious dialogue balloons, and to the action-packed cartoons that show the family outing and an angry pooch that just can't seem to stay in character as an elderly woman. All ends well, though, as Martha eloquently presents her position, mustering up the support of the other guests. Bled spreads in popsicle colors, with crazy patterns and zany antics, add the perfect touch to this selection that calls up laughs galore.-Trev Jones, School Library Journal
Ilene Cooper
What a dog! Martha was introduced in "Martha Speaks" (1992), in which she swallows a can of alphabet soup. The letters go to her brain instead of her stomach, Martha starts talking, and now she won't shut up: "Me . . . meat . . . meatloaf, I like those words." But there are three words Martha hates, "No Dogs Allowed." When Martha wins a trip to the Come-On-Inn, the family have to dress her as their grandmother to avoid the no-pets rule. Martha makes a few faux pas like jumping up to catch a Frisbee, but mostly she remains undercover--and bored. With nothing to do, she orders in a pile of meat from room service and becomes so sleepy and bloated that when she's spotted by guests, someone yells, "A dog has eaten Grandma!" The commotion raises Martha from her stupor, and she makes an impassioned plea: "No Dogs Allowed! I can't believe it! Dogs have been by your side since you were in caves . . . and we still can't go into a restaurant and order a steak." The guests are moved. The Come-On-Inn changes policy, changes its name to the Sit-n-Stay Inn, and now pets are allowed, and business is "grreat!" The bright cartoon-style art is incredibly clever, both in execution and the way Meddaugh uses balloons to convey textual asides. A droll doggie delight that isn't just for the picture-book crowd.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547530604
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/12/2013
Series:
Martha Speaks Series
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Susan Meddaugh was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. She graduated from Wheaton College, where she studied French literature and fine arts. After working briefly with an advertising agency in New York, she moved to Boston and worked at a publishing company for ten years, first as a designer, then art editor, and finally as art director. While there, she did the illustrations for GOOD STONES (Houghton Mifflin) by Anne Epstein, and then decided to strike out on her own as a freelance illustrator and creator of children's books. Since that time, Susan has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including MARTHA SPEAKS, which was chosen as a NEW YORK TIMES Best Illustrated Book for 1992. In 1998 she was awarded the New England Book Award, given by the New England Booksellers Association to recognize a body of work. Her work also was acknowledged with a New York Times Best Illustrated Award. She lives in Sherborn, Massachusetts.

Susan Meddaugh was born and raised in Montclair, New Jersey. She graduated from Wheaton College, where she studied French literature and fine arts. After working briefly with an advertising agency in New York, she moved to Boston and worked at a publishing company for ten years, first as a designer, then art editor, and finally as art director. While there, she did the illustrations for Good Stones (Houghton Mifflin) by Anne Epstein, and then decided to strike out on her own as a freelance illustrator and creator of children's books. Since that time, Susan has written and illustrated many popular books for children, including Martha Speaks, which was chosen as a New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 1992. In 1998 she was awarded the New England Book Award, given by the New England Booksellers Association to recognize a body of work. Her work also was acknowledged with a New York Times Best Illustrated Award. She lives in Sherborn, Massachusetts.

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Martha Calling (Martha Speaks Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Martha is wonderful- she is a dog's dream. She can use the phone to order pizza and meat, she can talk to her dog friends and be their translator to the their humans- and then she learns to win radio contests to go places! She is even smart enough to put on a disguise to get in where she isn't allowed, but slips up because she can't resist a flying frisbee. Everything she ends up telling the other hotel guests after her exiled doggieness is discovered is very true- we say we love our dogs yet so many people disallow them basic 'dog rights'. When given a chance, most dogs can behave appropriately in public, and as Martha says, they need to be given that in exchange for what they've done for us. Keep our parks and hotels dog friendly! But Martha says it so much better than I. :-)